We were thinking about getting a dog
Bridget - posted on 05/17/2010
I have two Westies and they are amazing with my daughter. She is almost 8 months and is moving all over the place, and they are both so sweet with her. THey are small, even for Westies (13 and 16lbs) but they are sturdy dogs. Plus Westies are considered one of the least allergenic dogs, and they are also fairly low energy. When they are awake they are playful and fun, but they sleep a lot. 18+ hours a day if they can.
Kristin - posted on 05/17/2010
The dogs that are typically the best family dogs are your labradors, golden retrievers, collies, cocker spanials. You should stay away from the tiny dogs, as the dog will most likely be injured by the kids. Some of the big dogs are great with them, but seem to have to real notion of where there tail is. We have that problem with our dog (German Shepard x Lab we think). If you choose to go pure breed, look into a rescue organization (they really screen the families before placing the animal) or a reputable breeder (they will screen you and expect you to research them). Pound dogs are a great choice too. Expecially at the no-kill shelters, they don't want the animal to come back so they've got some impressive screening that they do to. Age is going to be a matter of preference. Puppies are challenging but you will have them for longer. Older dogs may have some quirks and you won't have them as long, but just seem to be that much more loving for having a home.
Any dog you get you will need to supervise at all times with your kids, get into training classes, and make sure to socialize. Our guy is wonderful with our boys. He gets testy when his allergies are bothering him (yes, it happens to them too). My husband and I decided that he needs to be able to warn them off by growling or barking. He has never even nipped at them. If a growl or bark doesn't work, he gets up and goes to another room. We have taught our boys that those sounds mean they need to leave him alone. We have also really worked on teaching them good behavior around all dogs, not just ours.
Hope this helps.
Theresa - posted on 05/17/2010
Actually they say mutts are the best because they get the best traits from any of the breeda that are in them. Plus they're usually really cheap if not free. Get a puppy then it will grow up with kids and be used to them. We have a mutt and she's great with the kids, even now when she's getting older (9) she still tolerates anything the kids dish out.
Susan - posted on 05/17/2010
I we got our puppy for christmas and our kids are a little older 6, 5 and 4. She is wonderful with them especially our middle son who is autistic. If you go to the rspca website you can do a survey which suggest what dog will best suit your family and lifestyle. I did that and picked our Japanese Spitz and she is perfect for us.
Brandi - posted on 05/17/2010
We got our kids a dog, well a puppy, she was 6 weeks when we got her. Our kids are one and two and the oldest recieved the dog as a potty training gift. They love her! It is a little hard to teach the dog not to bite even with playing and to teach the kids not to hit her or pull on her tail but all in all I think it was a good thing. This way they can all grow up together!
I would say like a medium size dog. We have a German Sheperd sharpi mix. medium size dogs seem to work better with kids. I would also recommend getting a puppy. We have had lucy since my oldest was 1 and she climbed all over the dog so when #2 came along she was used to kids and loved being around her. She is a great at protecting small dogs yap to much, and big dogs could accidently sit on your child.
Sara - posted on 05/17/2010
I have three dogs, a full blooded german shepard, german shepard/sharpie mix, and a full blood cocker spaniel. I have two children ages 2 years and now 1 year old, they love the dogs and the dogs are so good with my children. They are very protective of my children as well. I love all of them but I think I like my cocker spaniel more for the kids to play with until they get older because he is smaller.
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